Brendon J. Cannon

Brendon J. Cannon

Assistant Professor of International and Civil Security, Department of Humanities and Social Science

Address: P.O. Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (0)2 401 8225

Fax: +971-(0)2-4018325


Dr. Brendon J. Cannon earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Utah in 2009, following on his MA in History and Middle East Studies at the University of Utah and a BA in European Studies/International Relations.

Dr. Cannon possesses extensive expertise in multiple regions, having lived and worked in the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. He is a former Fulbright scholar and has had numerous articles published in internationally-respected and accredited journals and participated in over a dozen international conferences. His recent book was published in English with forthcoming German and Turkish-language editions.

Dr. Cannon has extensive teaching experience with both undergraduate and graduate students, teaching a variety of political science and security studies-related disciplines to include cybersecurity, international relations, terrorism and counterterrorism, comparative politics, research methods, international political economy (IPE), international organizations and the politics of intelligence regimes. With close to one decade of experience in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cannon also possess firsthand experience and a deep understanding of the US security and defense regime, to include civil security, foreign policy, technological innovation as well as policy implementation and management.

As a faculty member Dr. Cannon has supervised or currently supervises five PhD students and 12 MA students. He teaches international and civil security at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

He is a frequent PhD external examiner and journal referee and is an advisory board member of Rising Powers Quarterly and several other journals as well as the Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI) in Addis Ababa.

    • IICS604 Regional Security and the Terrorist
    • IICS623 Regional Security Challenges and Policy Options
    • IICS649 Cybersecurity: Policy, Practice and Implications for Statecraft
    • IICS698 MA Thesis Workshop

Teaching interests: cybersecurity, energy security, biosecurity, political science, technology and security, international political economy of security

  • Disruptive technologies: opportunities, risks and policy
  • Energy security and policy
  • UAE and regional security (particularly cybersecurity)


    • Cannon, Brendon J. and Pkalya, Dominic R. (2017, March 9). Why al-Shabaab Attacks Kenya: Questioning the Narrative Paradigm. Terrorism and Political Violence. DOI:
    • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016, May). Terrorists, Geopolitics and Kenya’s Proposed Border Wall with Somalia. Journal of Terrorism Research. 7(2), pp. 23–37. DOI:
    • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016, November). Deconstructing Turkey’s Efforts in Somalia. Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies 16(14).
    • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016, May). Turkey in Kenya and Kenya in Turkey: Alternatives in Diplomacy, Trade and Education to China and the West. African Journal of Political Science and International Relations. 10(5), pp. 56-65. DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR2015.0861. ISSN: 1996-0832
    • Cannon, Brendon J. (2017). Turkey in Africa: Lessons in Political Economy. Florya Chronicles of Political Economy.
    • Cannon, Brendon J. (2017). Turkey’s Future in Africa?: Case Studies of Kenya and Somalia. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University (FSMVU) Conference Proceedings. Istanbul, Turkey December 22-24, 2016.
    • Cannon, Brendon J. and Fujibayashi, Hirotaka. Security, Structural Factors and Sovereignty: Analyzing Reactions to Kenya’s Closure of the Dadaab Refugee Camp Complex. African Security Review (Submitted for publication May 2017)
    • Cannon, Brendon J.; Maragia, Bosire; & Pkalya, Dominic R. The International Criminal Court and Conflict Resolution in Africa: Challenging the African Union’s Narrative. African Journal of International Criminal Justice (publication pending).
    • Cannon, Brendon J. and Haji, Jacob. Devolution in Kenya Four Years On: A Review of Implementation and Effects in Mandera County. African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (submitted for publication April 2017)
    • Cannon, Brendon J. “Uzbekistan” in Stearns, Peter N. Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World: 1750 to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.


  • Cannon, Brendon J. (2016). Legislating Reality and Politicizing History: Contextualizing Armenian Claims of Genocide. Offenbach am Main: Manzara Verlag ISNB 978-3-939795-67-4 (German and Turkish-language versions: est. mid-2018)
  • Cannon, Brendon J. History, Memory and Identity as Explanations for Armenian Claims of Genocide. Ph.D. diss., Salt Lake City, UT: Department of Political Science-University of Utah, 2009.
  • Cannon, Brendon J. Nationalization of Society and Economy in Turkey: Historical Roots and the Case of the Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association. M.A. Thesis, Salt Lake City, UT: Department of Language and Literature-University of Utah, 2002.